Edo State Government through its Ministry of Social Development and Gender Issues has reiterated its commitment towards ensuring the well-being of residents in the State.

The Ministry’s Commissioner, Hon. Christabel Omoh Ekwu, gave the assurance while playing host to members of GWOZA ELITE FORUM from Bornu State at the ministry’s premises in Benin City.

Hon. Ekwu, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mrs. Babara Osobajo, asserted that Edo State Government champions inclusivity in its developmental strides and care for residents in the state, describing the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration as a government without discriminatory tendencies and advised that other state governments should emulate the benevolent attributes of the State Government.

Hon Ekwu said, “As a government, we are open to everyone. We are interested in the unity, peace and progressive activities that will improve the bond of unity of Nigeria as a country.

“We don’t believe in sentiment, we don’t believe in discrimination, we don’t believe marginalization, ethnicity, religious differences and political differences; all we hope and wish for is a progressive Nigeria. It our duty and responsibility to give shelter to the homeless as it in our nature of hospitality in Edo State.”

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Earlier, the President of Gwoza Elite Forum, Mr. Ibrahim Emmanuel, expressed appreciation to the State Government for its unwavering efforts towards the numerous people who are and have been residing in internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in the State.

Mr. Emmanuel, while highlighting what the Edo State Government has been doing as it concerns the welfare of people, expressed gratitude that one of their sons who lives in the IDP camp has been honoured with express employment upon graduating with first class honours in the State, which, according to him, was not his original state before displacement.

“It is a good thing to say that one of our sons has been employed by the Edo State Government. This is unusual and a rare thing in the history of Nigeria. Thank you to Edo Governor,” Mr. Emmanuel said.

Highpoint of the visit was the presentation of appreciation card to Governor Godwin Obaseki, which was received by the Commissioner on behalf of the Governor.